• December 18, 2014

Longtime Killeen businessman dies at 81

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Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 4:30 am

Ace Connell, a longtime Killeen businessman and Korean War veteran, has died. He was 81.

Connell was well-known in the community for his work with the family’s Connell chain of car dealerships in Killeen and elsewhere.

“I don’t know anybody that didn’t like him,” said Connell’s son, Mitch Connell. “He was a friend to everybody.”

Mitch Connell said his father started out in the car business in 1948, working for his brother, the late Ted Connell, an influential businessman and former Killeen mayor.

After returning from the war in Korea, Ace Connell went back into the car business in 1955 and remained there until he retired about 10 years ago, Mitch Connell said. Ace Connell also owned his own Chevrolet store from 1959 to 1963 in McGregor.

He died at his home in Killeen on Wednesday morning after a 20-year battle with cancer, a family member said.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen.

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